Pillars Academic Scholarship

Southwestern College’s merit-based award recognizes two students who demonstrate outstanding academic abilities. The Pillars Academic scholarship is awarded to students who we believe will make Southwestern College a stronger, more vibrant intellectual community

The Pillars Academic Scholarship is named for the four pillars of the iconic Christy Administration Building located at the top of the scenic 77 Steps. They represent the four values extolled in the college’s Alma Mater: Knowledge, Hope, Courage, and Freedom.

While the competition does require that students complete an application, essay, and faculty interview, the benefits are considerable. A Pillars Academic Scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition and is renewable for four years if certain criteria are met.


ARE YOU: An engaged learner? Intellectually and creatively adventurous? A top student?

DO YOU: Demonstrate viewpoints, experiences, or academic interests beyond the usual?

HAVE YOU: Been a High School Honor Student? Been honored as a Superintendent’s Honor Roll and/or National Honor Society Member? Received significant recognition for academic achievement?

Pillars Academic Requirements

  • Please complete the Pillars Academic Scholarship Application.
  • To be considered you must also submit your application for admission and supporting materials to SC by Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

2020 Application

The 2020 Competitive Scholarship applications are now closed. If you wish to be contacted when the 2021 application becomes available, please sign up below:

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